Admissions criteria

Candidates applying for the MSc in Teacher Education (Mathematics and Science) should meet the following specific admissions criteria:

  • have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate course in a relevant teaching subject, or have completed a degree which has over 50% content of a relevant school subject;
  • be employed in a relevant educational institution.

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s proven and potential academic excellence.  While entry is highly competitive, each application is considered on an individual basis, ensuring the candidates are well-matched to their chosen course, and have the ability and potential to benefit from the chosen course.  Along with the specific criteria listed above, applicants will also normally meet the standard criteria:

  • All applicants are normally expected to have achieved a good Honours degree (normally 2.1 or equivalent international qualifications, such as a GPA of at least 3.6/4.0) in a relevant subject.  Applicants must submit full details of qualifications (transcripts, certificates or diplomas).
  • Positive professional and academic references, supporting the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and motivation.
  • A statement of purpose, explaining the reasons for applying to the programme and highlighting relevant academic and professional experience.
  • Performance at interview either in person or by Skype.
  • Work and professional experience in a relevant area.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level as required by the University (i.e. 7.5 IELTS, TOEFL 110).  The requirement for certification may be waived is there is suitable alternative evidence that applicants have met the required level of English language proficiency.  Please see the Graduate Admissions website for further information.

The following factors will govern whether candidates can be offered a place:

  • The ability of the department to provide the appropriate supervision, research opportunities, teaching and facilities for the student’s chosen area of work.
  • There are limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto the department’s research and taught programmes.
  • Appropriate supervision may not be available for a particular area of academic study.
  • Well-qualified candidates may not be offered a place because other candidates have been judged to have greater academic ability.

Equal opportunity is promoted at every stage of the application procedure.  Funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to offer a place.  It is not normally possible to defer an offer of a place, and any decision to reapply will lead to a full reassessment, with decisions made in relation to the new competitive field.

Graduate supervision is the responsibility of the department as a whole and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

It should be noted that acceptance gives no guarantee of final success, and that all courses require the student to develop their learning skills.

Page last modified: September 1, 2017